newsletter-ca-2020-11 https://www.roberthalf.com.hk/ en How to be productive by doing nothing https://www.roberthalf.com.hk/blog/jobseekers/how-be-productive-doing-nothing <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">How to be productive by doing nothing</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">rh_admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">15 August 2017</span> <div class="field field--name-field-eck-ref-featured-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="container-fluid rh-eck rh-featured-image-eck-paragraph clearfix"> <div class="row rh-featured-image-eck-paragraph__img-container"> <div class="rh-featured-image-eck-paragraph__img field field--name-field-eck-featured-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.com.hk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_extra_large_1036/public/2017-10/casual-young-phonecall_0.jpg?itok=LLz0sQSq 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1280px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.com.hk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_large_823/public/2017-10/casual-young-phonecall_0.jpg?itok=h3ireBHN 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.com.hk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_medium_610/public/2017-10/casual-young-phonecall_0.jpg?itok=6OyoibZ9 1x" media="all and (min-width: 768px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.com.hk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_large_823/public/2017-10/casual-young-phonecall_0.jpg?itok=h3ireBHN 823w" media="all and (min-width: 480px)" type="image/jpeg" sizes="90vw"/> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.com.hk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_small_480/public/2017-10/casual-young-phonecall_0.jpg?itok=elINKQEf 480w" media="all and (max-width: 479px)" type="image/jpeg" sizes="80vw"/> <img src="/sites/roberthalf.com.hk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_small_480/public/2017-10/casual-young-phonecall_0.jpg?itok=elINKQEf" alt="How to be productive doing nothing" title="How to be productive doing nothing" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </div> </div></div> <div class="field field--name-field-eck-ref-main-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div data-eck-id="1616" class="container-fluid rh-eck rh-rich-text-eck-paragraph clearfix"> <div class="row rh-rich-text-eck-paragraph__text-container"> <div class="rh-rich-text-eck-paragraph__text clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-eck-rich-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>We live in a fast-paced world, and it seems we're all action-orientated. It’s easy to assume that doing as much as possible and keeping busy every hour of the day is the best way to be productive.</p> <p>Sometimes, though, the opposite is true. Here are eight productivity tips that involve doing surprisingly little.</p> <h2>A tired brain is a useless brain</h2> <p>When considering how to be productive, think about how you can boost your energy levels. Rest plays a key part in this.</p> <p>To give your brain a chance to recharge and avoid burnout and fatigue, try some age-old resting techniques. Some people love daytime naps (which may be restricted to weekends, depending on how progressive your workplace is), and others do a guided meditation on a daily basis. You might like to try out some of these different methods to help you relax and increase your work productivity.</p> <h2>Unplug from the internet</h2> <p>Switching off from the online world sounds impossible these days, but it’s worth considering – at least in short bursts. We consume more information now than ever before simply because it’s right at our fingertips. However, this is messing with our brains.</p> <div class="text-center text-align-center"><a class="btn btn-primary rh-button-normal" href="https://www.roberthalf.com.hk/career-advice" role="button">DISCOVER MORE CAREER ADVICE</a></div> <p>Set some time aside the night before the next day to switch off, perhaps starting with a technology-free hour before bed. This has been proven to increase the quality of sleep and reduce insomnia, which in turn will do wonders for your productivity during the workday.</p> <h2>Manage email overkill</h2> <p>That familiar pinging sound goes off and you feel the tension rise. You can no longer concentrate on the task at hand, instead you feel the pressure to reply to every email that’s beeped at you – and quickly.</p> <p>It’s time to manage your email program (and its incessant notifications), but if you think lessening your email time sounds unrealistic or unproductive then think again.</p> <p>When thinking about time management tips and improving productivity, research has shown that <a href="http://www.futureworkcentre.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/FWC-Youve-got-mail-research-report.pdf" target="_blank">establishing boundaries between emails</a>, concentrating on other work and work-free time is a lesson in how to be productive. Then you can set designated time to respond to emails when you’re in the right frame of mind, making better use of your time and creating more considered replies.</p> <h2>Hold off on taking rush decisions</h2> <p>At times it may feel like you are under pressure to make an immediate decision, like giving feedback on a piece of work or responding to a colleague about an internal situation. Taking a bit of extra time to think about the solution and next steps can prevent a lot of back and forth in the long run. Assess the urgency of a situation and then decide appropriately.</p> <h2>Step back from technology frustration</h2> <p>Technology is great when it works, yet there’s nothing more frustrating than a computer that’s frozen up or a software system that refuses to behave itself. Instead of getting wound up, try taking a few minutes to think calmly through a solution and take some deep breaths. It can save time and energy in the long run.</p> <h2>Don’t let emotions get the better of you</h2> <p>It’s easy to act defensively when you receive an inquisitive email or when a colleague seems to be coming across a bit offensive. Instead of reacting immediately, it's wiser to step back and cool off. You’ll come back to it with a clearer and calmer head, which in the end will only have a positive effect on your productivity levels.</p> <h2>Take advantage of the apps</h2> <p>While technology can be a huge distraction during the day, it can help boost your productivity. It’s worth trying some productivity-boosting apps. A couple of the most popular include <a href="https://www.wunderlist.com/" target="_blank">Wunderlist</a> (a new take on the old-fashioned to-do list) and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/pomodoro-time-focus-timer/id973134470?mt=12" target="_blank">Pomodoro</a> (a timer to help you focus on one task at a time).</p> <h2>Get out and exercise</h2> <p>Getting angry, frustrated or overwhelmed by work or colleagues? It’s time to run or walk it out.</p> <p>Pushing through the mind boggle is tempting. While this might seem like a good way to get an extra hour into the work day, the truth is it’s counter-productive.</p> <p>Even half an hour of exercise a day, which can be done before or after work or during your lunch break, is great for your mind and motivation. Getting outside is the best option if you can: fresh air boosts your mood and energy levels, which can be a great productivity boost during your workday.  </p> <h2>Being productive is sometimes more simple than you realise</h2> <p>Doing nothing might sound like the fast track to wasting time, but it could be the answer to getting through that ever-growing to-do list and re-igniting your job satisfaction. It’s worth a shot – after all, it won’t take much effort.</p> <p><em>This article was originally featured as "<a href="https://www.roberthalf.com.au/blog/how-be-productive-doing-nothing">How to be productive by doing nothing</a>" on the Robert Half Australia Blog.</em></p> </div> </div> </div></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix rh-taxonomy-list"> <div class="field__label inline rh-taxonomy-list__list-name">Tags</div> <dl class='links rh-taxonomy-list__list'> <span class="rh-taxonomy-list__list-term"><div about="/term/newsletter-ca-2020-11" id="taxonomy-term-1031" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-tags"> <dt class="rh-taxonomy-list__taxonomy-term"><a href="/term/newsletter-ca-2020-11"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">newsletter-ca-2020-11</div> </a></dt> </div> </span> </dl> </div> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000 rh_admin 1918 at https://www.roberthalf.com.hk How to improve your time management while working from home https://www.roberthalf.com.hk/blog/jobseekers/how-improve-your-time-management-while-working-home <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">How to improve your time management while working from home</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/121" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">ernkim01</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">14 October 2020</span> <div class="field field--name-field-eck-ref-featured-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="container-fluid rh-eck rh-featured-image-eck-paragraph clearfix"> <div class="row rh-featured-image-eck-paragraph__img-container"> <div class="rh-featured-image-eck-paragraph__img field field--name-field-eck-featured-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.com.hk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_extra_large_1036/public/2020-10/improve_time_management_asia.jpg?itok=UwUEoyEr 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1280px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.com.hk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_large_823/public/2020-10/improve_time_management_asia.jpg?itok=l5ztqsh9 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.com.hk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_medium_610/public/2020-10/improve_time_management_asia.jpg?itok=E4chEfHG 1x" media="all and (min-width: 768px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.com.hk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_large_823/public/2020-10/improve_time_management_asia.jpg?itok=l5ztqsh9 823w" media="all and (min-width: 480px)" type="image/jpeg" sizes="90vw"/> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.com.hk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_small_480/public/2020-10/improve_time_management_asia.jpg?itok=1C7Dbut8 480w" media="all and (max-width: 479px)" type="image/jpeg" sizes="80vw"/> <img src="/sites/roberthalf.com.hk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_small_480/public/2020-10/improve_time_management_asia.jpg?itok=1C7Dbut8" alt="How to improve your time management while working from home" title="How to improve your time management while working from home" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </div> </div></div> <div class="field field--name-field-eck-ref-main-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div data-eck-id="8881" class="container-fluid rh-eck rh-rich-text-eck-paragraph clearfix"> <div class="row rh-rich-text-eck-paragraph__text-container"> <div class="rh-rich-text-eck-paragraph__text clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-eck-rich-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Being able to work from home has many advantages: zero commute, no colleagues to bother you, and all the comforts of home – including your own fridge.</p> <p>But remote work also comes with a set of unique challenges. Many of the top complaints by remote workers – as reported by a <a href="https://lp.buffer.com/state-of-remote-work-2020">State of Remote Work 2020 report</a> – can be remedied by using time more efficiently: not being able to unplug, for example, reported by 18% of survey respondents; or setting aside time for holidays (7%).</p> <p>Here are some helpful techniques that will help you manage your time so you can be productive while on the job – and disconnect when you’re not.</p> <h2>1. Plot your schedule</h2> <p>If you’re working at home with a partner, collaborate on a schedule each day or at the start of the week to determine who will be working where and when, and who will be in charge of any childcare or house duties. Writing it down makes it easier to follow, whether it’s on a shared calendar app (such as Google Calendar or TimeTree) or even written on a piece of paper hanging on the refrigerator.</p> <p>You also might consider using an approach called “windowed work,” if your job and company allow for it. In contrast to a 9-to-5 schedule, you schedule blocks of time throughout the day for business and personal activities. In a recent Robert Half survey, 73% of professionals reported that this approach helps them to be more productive.</p> <h2>2. Designate spaces</h2> <p>Choose separate rooms or areas around the house and designate the expectations for each. For example, the desk you set up in your bedroom is only for work, the living room is only for leisure time, and the kitchen table is only for meals and kids’ schoolwork time. This helps you create the connection between physical space and what to mentally focus on.</p> <p>Using your living room for Netflix binging might make it trickier to get in “work mode” while sitting with your laptop on the couch, so find the best spots in the house to work and play, and try to keep it consistent.</p> <h2>3. Explore productivity apps</h2> <p>Take advantage of the wide selection of software designed to help people increase productivity (Evernote and Focus Booster are two free options). These apps not only help you keep track of projects, meet deadlines and be more organised, but also alert you when it’s time to take a break or finish out your workday. That can be pretty valuable on afternoons when you lose track of time and would otherwise keep going for an hour or more beyond quitting time.</p> <p>If you’re looking for break reminders and a good stretch, Stretchly is an open-source application that offers a screen reminder and timer to get you up and moving from your desk.</p> <h2>4. Treat free time like work meetings</h2> <p>It’s important to continue taking breaks like you normally would in an office setting. Schedule them on your calendar like you would for any other work meeting, even if it’s for 10 minutes at a time.</p> <p>Not only does this mean you’ll get a reminder, but it’s also a chance to block your calendar so colleagues see you’re busy. Use your free time to take a quick walk or have “watercooler talk” with your coworkers (also known as your family or pets).</p> <h2>5. Minimise social media distractions</h2> <p>Are you finding that social media is constantly distracting you? Log out of your social media accounts during work time so you’re less inclined to use them.</p> <p>You can remove them from your web browser shortcuts or try working on a private or “incognito” browser so you can’t auto-login to any social media pages.</p> <h2>6. Be transparent with your manager</h2> <p>Again, the typical workday may not be the most realistic if you have family obligations competing for your time. You might also notice you’re more productive during nontraditional hours, such as before others in your house wake up or after dinnertime.</p> <p>Whether you’re trying to stick to a set schedule or taking the aforementioned “windowed work” approach, communicate openly with your manager so you’re on the same page about availability and work hour expectations.</p> <h2>7. Set boundaries that work for you</h2> <p>Now that your commute home after work might just mean a walk from your kitchen table to the couch, it can be difficult to end your workday definitively. Having mobile access to work email and apps can also make shutting down a challenge. To maintain a healthy work-life balance, set an alarm to remind yourself when to end your workday.</p> <p>Turn your computer off and store it somewhere away from where you are so you’re not tempted to keep checking in. Some people even disable notifications for work-related apps on their mobile phone at the end of the day.</p> <p>The real key to effective time management is learning what works for you. That can take time, and that’s okay. Use these seven steps as a jumping off point to adapt your own work from home practice and, in time, you’ll find yourself much more productive.</p> <p><strong>A final tip:</strong> Include your work hours in your email signature or as a status/away message, if possible. That might help cut down on colleagues reaching out to you outside your work hours.</p> <div class="text-center text-align-center"><a class="btn btn-primary rh-button-normal" href="https://www.roberthalf.com.hk/career-advice" role="button">DISCOVER MORE CAREER ADVICE</a></div> </div> </div> </div></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix rh-taxonomy-list"> <div class="field__label inline rh-taxonomy-list__list-name">Tags</div> <dl class='links rh-taxonomy-list__list'> <span class="rh-taxonomy-list__list-term"><div about="/term/newsletter-ca-2020-11" id="taxonomy-term-1031" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-tags"> <dt class="rh-taxonomy-list__taxonomy-term"><a href="/term/newsletter-ca-2020-11"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">newsletter-ca-2020-11</div> </a></dt> </div> </span> </dl> </div> Tue, 13 Oct 2020 21:36:26 +0000 ernkim01 15651 at https://www.roberthalf.com.hk 15 easy tips to boost your work productivity https://www.roberthalf.com.hk/blog/jobseekers/15-easy-tips-boost-your-work-productivity <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">15 easy tips to boost your work productivity</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/10046" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">robert.half</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">24 July 2018</span> <div class="field field--name-field-eck-ref-featured-image field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="container-fluid rh-eck rh-featured-image-eck-paragraph clearfix"> <div class="row rh-featured-image-eck-paragraph__img-container"> <div class="rh-featured-image-eck-paragraph__img field field--name-field-eck-featured-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.com.hk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_extra_large_1036/public/2018-07/productivity_asia.jpg?itok=oQSD71YW 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1280px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.com.hk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_large_823/public/2018-07/productivity_asia.jpg?itok=NPqweIHq 1x" media="all and (min-width: 1024px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.com.hk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_medium_610/public/2018-07/productivity_asia.jpg?itok=l41_ZgqQ 1x" media="all and (min-width: 768px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.com.hk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_large_823/public/2018-07/productivity_asia.jpg?itok=NPqweIHq 823w" media="all and (min-width: 480px)" type="image/jpeg" sizes="90vw"/> <source srcset="/sites/roberthalf.com.hk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_small_480/public/2018-07/productivity_asia.jpg?itok=Y1Vom6LL 480w" media="all and (max-width: 479px)" type="image/jpeg" sizes="80vw"/> <img src="/sites/roberthalf.com.hk/files/styles/full_width_content_image_1x_small_480/public/2018-07/productivity_asia.jpg?itok=Y1Vom6LL" alt="15 easy tips to boost your work productivity" title="15 easy tips to boost your work productivity" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> </div> </div></div> <div class="field field--name-field-eck-ref-main-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div data-eck-id="1560" class="container-fluid rh-eck rh-rich-text-eck-paragraph clearfix"> <div class="row rh-rich-text-eck-paragraph__text-container"> <div class="rh-rich-text-eck-paragraph__text clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-eck-rich-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Life in today’s workplace is <em>busy, busy, busy. </em></p> <p>Did you know that the two most important components of greater work productivity are maximising your time and minimising distractions?</p> <p>But what can you do to manage your time efficiently and boost work productivity?</p> <p>These 15 tips will help you get the most out of your day:</p> <h2>1. Trim the to-do list</h2> <p>Too often workers overestimate what they can accomplish and become frustrated by their lack of progress. A shorter, more realistic to-do list that leaves room for unexpected projects and interruptions will help you be more productive.</p> <h2>2. Aim for quality, not quantity</h2> <p>Multitasking seems like a good way to increase work productivity, but repeatedly switching gears is mentally taxing and can slow you down. Do your best to focus on one item at a time.</p> <h2>3. Know your prime time for productivity</h2> <p>Use your internal clock to your advantage by tackling critical or challenging assignments during the time of day when you’re most alert and productive.</p> <h2>4. Post a 'Do Not Disturb' sign</h2> <p>When working on important assignments, boost work productivity by turning off mobile devices and signing out of email and social media. Doing so allows you to give your full attention to the task at hand. Also, don’t be afraid to occasionally post a “do not disturb” sign in your office or workspace.</p> <h2>5. Explore project apps</h2> <p>Take advantage of the wide selection of software specifically designed to help people increase productivity at work, keep track of <a href="https://www.roberthalf.com.hk/career-advice/career-development/project-management-skills">project management</a>, meet deadlines and be more organised.</p> <h2>6. Break down big projects</h2> <p>Intimidation can lead to procrastination. So break big, complicated projects into smaller, more manageable tasks. You’ll feel less overwhelmed. Plus, you’ll gain a sense of accomplishment each time you reach an incremental milestone.</p> <h2>7. Just say 'no'</h2> <p>Sometimes you simply can’t take on another assignment no matter how small. Give yourself permission to <a href="https://www.roberthalf.com.hk/blog/jobseekers/how-say-no-your-boss">say ‘no’</a> at times. While you want to build a reputation as a team player, you can’t afford to become a doormat in the process.</p> <h2>8. Closely monitor your online reading habits</h2> <p>Keep your focus when online. If one second you’re reading an industry report, the next you’re scanning Facebook, and a few minutes later you’re staring at a blog post, you are most likely not very disciplined. Manage your time online wisely.</p> <h2>9. Take care of your health</h2> <p>Productivity at work can hinge on what you do off the job. Eat healthy, exercise regularly and get adequate sleep. Being out of balance in any of those three areas can throw off your ability to concentrate. Focus instead on creating a <a href="https://www.roberthalf.com.hk/blog/employers/9-steps-creating-healthy-workplace-hong-kong">healthy workplace</a> for you to be your best.</p> <h2>10 Mitigate meeting mania</h2> <p>Rethink routine meetings that have outlived their purpose. Or prune meeting times by 25 percent to force yourself and others to stay on point.</p> <h2>11. Give yourself a break</h2> <p>It sounds counterintuitive, but taking breaks can help you get more done. Solutions to complex problems often surface when we’re not intently focused on the issue. Likewise, getting some fresh air or engaging in office banter can help you recharge.</p> <h2>12. Clean up your act</h2> <p>If you regularly lose time because you’re scrambling to find files, come in early or stay late one day to do a clean sweep of your desk. Then, get into the habit of investing a few minutes each day to organise and tidy up.</p> <h2>13. Recondition your email reflexes</h2> <p>Chances are you read email the instant it arrives. Fight the impulse to immediately react when you hear the pinging sound of an incoming message. Pick specific times to check your inbox throughout the day.</p> <h2>14. Bring in reinforcements</h2> <p>If everyone is efficient and productive, yet your team is still falling behind, consider bringing in temporary reinforcements or at least mention it to your superior. Hiring specialised temporary professionals is a cost-effective way to meet rising business demands while alleviating workloads for overworked core employees.</p> <h2>15. Reward yourself</h2> <p>When you reach a milestone or finish a project, give yourself a pat on the back — and more. Go out to lunch or dinner, quit work early, go for a run, have some fun. Reward yourself often for performance well done.</p> <p>Use these tips to turn every day into a productive day in your workplace.</p> <div class="text-center text-align-center"><a class="btn btn-primary rh-button-normal" href="https://www.roberthalf.com.hk/career-advice" role="button">DISCOVER MORE CAREER ADVICE</a></div> </div> </div> </div></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline clearfix rh-taxonomy-list"> <div class="field__label inline rh-taxonomy-list__list-name">Tags</div> <dl class='links rh-taxonomy-list__list'> <span class="rh-taxonomy-list__list-term"><div about="/term/newsletter-ca-2020-11" id="taxonomy-term-1031" class="taxonomy-term vocabulary-tags"> <dt class="rh-taxonomy-list__taxonomy-term"><a href="/term/newsletter-ca-2020-11"> <div class="field field--name-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">newsletter-ca-2020-11</div> </a></dt> </div> </span> </dl> </div> Tue, 24 Jul 2018 10:00:00 +0000 robert.half 1890 at https://www.roberthalf.com.hk